100% of research environment rated world leading or internationally excellent 100% of research environment rated world leading or internationally excellent

The School of Environmental Sciences is one of the longest established and largest multidisciplinary departments of environmental sciences in Europe. We have a holistic approach to research integrating physical, chemical, biological, and social sciences into the study of natural and human environments. 

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise, 35% of our research was judged to be world leading, while 53% was rated as internationally excellent. We are the 3rd placed department in the UK when ranked by the volume of world-leading research achieved and 5th placed in terms of research ‘power’. The impacts of our research were judged to be predominately world leading and ranked 1st in the UK, while our research environment was entirely world leading or internationally excellent.  

The School has an outstanding track record in producing influential science. This can be quantified via citation metrics which have recently placed the School as the 5th institute in the world for Geosciences – the 3rd ranked university (2009-2010); 6th in the world for Oceanography – the top research institution in the UK (2000-2010) and 3rd in the world for environmental and ecological economics (2000-2009).

Research is undertaken within overarching themes (above) and through our centres and groups. Wherever possible, we attempt to identify and exploit novel connections within research themes and between groups as well as across themes, to the rest of UEA and beyond to the wider academic community. This is the essence of the School's unique ethos. The School benefits from excellent research facilities and has extensive national and international links with many other research and policy making bodies.

Climate, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences



Environmental Social Sciences Cross-Cutting



Environmental Biology



Geosciences and Natural Hazards